#howtotuesday: Be Green

It’s a green week at Loyola. Wednesday, April 22 is the university’s Earth Day celebration. And National Arbor Day is celebrated annually on the last Friday of April, so it falls on April 24 this year. The holiday was founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872 with the express intention of encouraging individuals and groups to plant trees. In 1889, McDonough No. 23 was the first Louisiana school to celebrate Arbor Day. 16 years late, Loyola College followed suit.

According to the March 9, 1905 Times-Picayune, each of the twenty-eight students enrolled in the college were asked to plant a young live oak that afternoon to help provide shade across the fledgling campus. The program included songs and recitations and the Rev. Albert Biever, S.J., first president of the college and later of Loyola University, gave an address. An article in the February 13, 1905 Times-Picayune reported that the trees were brought from St. Charles College in Grand Coteau.

Loyola College opened in 1904 and included both preparatory and college students. In 1911, the New Orleans Jesuits reorganized their educational institutions, and the Loyola University we know today was established in 1912.

Loyola College students, 1906-1907

Loyola’s landscape has continued changing and growing. Most recently, the university announced that the demolished Old Library would be transformed into green space.

Thomas Hall as seen from St. Charles Ave.

Special Collections & Archives preserves a number of collections related to environmental justice in Louisiana, including the John P. Clark Papers, the Gulf Restoration Network Archives, and the Ecology Center of Louisiana Papers.

How do you plan to take Loyola’s history and mission as inspiration to be a little more green this week?

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Winners Announced! LibQUAL Drawing

We are excited to announce the winners of the 2015 LibQUAL drawing! The following survey participants were selected randomly:

- Jazz Fest Tickets: Merritt B., Alexandria D.

- FitBit: Brian M., Austin R.

- Beats Headphones: Carolina F., Ashleigh S.


Thank you to everyone who completed the Monroe Library LibQUAL Survey. We appreciate your participation.

Singin’ in the Rain

It’s that time of year again! Registration and research papers are on everyone’s mind as we finish out the semester. If nothing else, the flash floods outside might give us a good reason to stay inside and study for our upcoming finals (or maybe they’re just good for showing off your rain boots!). A good way to spend some time indoors is at one of the upcoming performances from CMFA! The calendar of upcoming concerts can be found here: http://cmfa.loyno.edu/music/performances

All of the performances listed below are *free* for Loyola students!

If reading about music is more your thing, head on up to the 3rd floor of the Monroe Library to Special Collections! We have a variety of interesting materials that cover the multifaceted music field.

Excerpt, from “Orchestra” by William Carlos Williams. From The Desert Music and Other Poems.

The Loyola Symphony Orchestra performs this Saturday, April 18th, at 7:30 pm in Roussel Hall.

“The Dukes of Dixieland,” from Music in the Street: Photographs of New Orleans by Ralston Crawford

The Loyola Jazz Band performs April 28th at 7:30 pm in Roussel Hall.

This tiny volume is Te Deum Laudamus from the Rosalee McReynolds collection.

Hear the voices of CMFA and the New Orleans Vocal Arts chorale at the Extraordinary Form Latin Mass this Sunday, April 19th, at 7:30 pm at Holy Name of Jesus Church.

Excerpt from Acadian Folk Songs compiled by Irene Therese Whitfield.

The Loyola Concert Band and Wind Ensemble will be performing Sunday, April 26 at 3 pm in Roussel Hall.

From Escuela de composición, Tratado primero, De la armonía by Hilarión Eslava.

Hear music by CMFA student composers at Recital Hour this Thursday at 12:45 pm in Nunemaker Hall, which is accessible on the third floor of Monroe Hall.

From La Scienza de’suoni e dell’armonia by Giuseppe Pizzati.

See the Loyola Opera Department perform A Musical Menagerie on Thursday, April 23rd at 7:30 pm in Nunemaker.

From Oeuvres complettes by Joseph Haydn.

See the University Chorus and the Loyola Chorale perform this Saturday, April 18th, at 3 pm in Roussel Hall.

These books can all be viewed in Special Collections and Archives, 3rd floor, Monroe Library.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Loyola

The Center for the Study of New Orleans at Loyola will be hosting a panel discussion, “Katrina: Before, During, and After”, on Thursday, April 16 at 7pm in Nunemaker Auditorium. This panel includes meteorologists, authors, photographers, and geographers who will share their perspectives of the storm. Wondering how Hurricane Katrina impacted the Loyola community? Below are articles from the 2006 Maroon which describe the effect that Hurricane Katrina had financially and emotionally on Loyola and its faculty and students. These articles also offer perspectives of the storm from Loyola faculty, students, and parents. Most importantly, these articles highlight the positive outlook that the Loyola community had about the future of New Orleans and ways in which the Loyola community helped to rebuild the city.

Maroon 2006

Maroon 2006

Maroon 2006

Maroon 2006

For more information about Hurricane Katrina, visit Special Collections and Archives on the 3rd floor of Monroe Library:

Blog post by Nydia Araya, a Special Collections work study student.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Old photos of the old library

As Loyola’s old library comes down, let’s take a look at some photos of the building in its heyday.

First, here it is under construction. Construction of the new library building began in 1947 and completed in 1950. It was dedicated to students and alumni killed in WWII.

…and here it is completed.

Main Library dedication, 1950

United States Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps

United States Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps

Enjoying the front steps:

Inside the Main Library:

Do you have memories of the Main Library? Leave them in the comments below!

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Spring and Summer Gardens

Summer is quickly approaching! As the semester winds down, you might be able to get outside and enjoy some of the beautiful weather that we’ve been having in New Orleans.

Author Claire Lawson-Hall and illustrator Muriel Mallows reflect on the seasons in their books A Winter Garden, An Autumn Garden, A Spring Garden, and A Summer Garden. The two women have collaborated on a variety of projects. The Garden series includes journal entries written by Lawson-Hall that report on the meteorological and environmental happenings in her British garden.

In Special Collections and Archives, we have a set of the Garden series that has been beautifully bound. They are part of the Rosalee McReynolds Collection, which is named after the Monroe Library’s first Special Collections librarian and contains a number of books that are true works of art. Pictured below are A Spring Garden and A Summer Garden.

Cover, A Spring Garden

Obviously, this is much more than a book. It has progressed into a work of art.

Excerpt from A Spring Garden

Cover, A Summer Garden

The back of A Summer Garden

Text and illustrations, A Summer Garden

These books, along with An Autumn Garden, A Winter Garden, and the rest of the Rosalee McReynolds Collection can be viewed in Special Collections and Archives, 3rd floor, Monroe Library.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

DEADLINE EXTENDED–ML Student Research Competition

Students are invited to apply to the 2015 Monroe Library Student Research Competition. The competition recognizes and rewards students who make exemplary use of the collections, resources, and services of the Monroe Library throughout the research process in order to produce an academic or creative work.

  • $200 for a freshman/sophomore research project
  • $200 for a junior/senior research project
  • $200 for a senior capstone/thesis project
  • $200 for a graduate student research project

Applications are due Wednesday, April 22, 2015 (deadline extended!). Application information is available at:http://library.loyno.edu/services/instruction/competition/

For more information, contact Malia Willey: mewilley@loyno.edu

LibQUAL Survey and a chance to win Jazz Fest Tickets!

Calling all current Loyola Faculty, Students, and Staff:

Help the J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library serve you better by taking the LibQUAL survey.
Your completed survey will

  • Help us determine user satisfaction with the Monroe Library
  • Help us understand how the Loyola community rates library services
  • Allow us to benchmark our results against other libraries to determine best practices

Your feedback is important to us and so is your confidentiality. No identifying links are retained. Results of this research will only be reported as summarized data and will not contain any identifiable individual data. Your participation in this survey is entirely voluntary. At any time while you are actively participating, you may terminate your participation without consequence.

As a token of our appreciation, you may opt into multiple drawings for Jazz Fest tickets and other prizes. Current Loyola faculty, students, and staff are eligible to win.

We appreciate your interest and support.

Thank you,
Teri Gallaway
J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library
Loyola University New Orleans

The Loujon Press

Staples of the New Orleans arts scene, Louise “Gypsy Lou” Webb and Jon Webb started the Loujon Press in 1960 and published their first literary magazine, The Outsider, the following year. The husband and wife team worked hard to establish their press. Gypsy Lou sold paintings on pirate’s alley during the day and set pages of type at night while Jon recruited literary talent and marketed subscriptions. The publication soon gained notoriety for the quality of the hand-printed editions and its larger runs of up to 3,100, which guaranteed a wider audience. Though sold at only one or two dollars a copy, the little magazine became an important part of the beat movement, publishing poetry by poetry by Charles Bukowski and Allen Ginsberg among many others.

The Outsider volume 1, number 1, fall 1961, cover with a photo of Gypsy Lou

The Outsider, volume 1, number 1, fall 1961, page 67, poem by LeRoi Jones (later known as Amiri Baraka)

The Outsider, volume 1, number 1, fall 1961, back cover with photos of featured poets

The Outsider, volume 1, number 2, summer 1962, cover with photos of Gypsy Lou, Willie Humphrey (top) and Dee Dee Pierce (left)

The Outsider, volume 1, number 2, summer 1962, title page with image of Loujon Press location on Royal Street

The Outsider, volume 1, number 2, summer 1962, page 24 and 25 with a poem by Ray Bremser and drawing by Ben Tibbs

The Outsider, Volume 1, Number 3, Spring 1963, cover with photo of Charles Bukowksi

The Outsider, Volume 1, Number 3, Spring 1963, back cover with photo of a second line; The second and third volume include “jazz documentary” chapters that detail the history of jazz in new orleans and the careers of many of the musicians of that era.

With the funding of a New Orleans patron, the Loujon Press also published two books of Bukowski’s poetry. Hand-printed in an edition of 777, the first book, It catches my heart in its hands, features 65 poems and several drawings by Bukowksi. A cult-hero and prolific author, Bukowksi became known for his direct language and focus on the downtrodden in American society.

Charles Bukowksi, It catches my heart in its hands, 1963, cover

Charles Bukowksi, It catches my heart in its hands, 1963, page 14 and 15

The publisher’s note paints a picture of the hardships Jon and Gypsy Lou endured to complete projects as well as their intense passion for their work.

Charles Bukowksi, It catches my heart in its hands, 1963, publisher’s note (photo of Bukowksi to the left on back cover)

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

How-to Tuesday: Chocolate!

Happy How-to Tuesday from the Special Collections & Archives! Today, we offer a glimpse into the history and uses of chocolate as explained by the oldest manufacturer of chocolate in the United States, Walter Baker & Co.

Founded in 1780, in Dorchester Massachusetts, Walter Baker & Co. chocolate was sold with a money back guarantee and famously known for its trademark adaptation of the Jean-Étienne Liotard painting, The La Belle Chocolatiere, (The Chocolate Girl).

–Liotard’s original painting, above.–

–An early Walter Baker’s & Co. advertisement featuring the La Belle Chocolatiere trademark.–

–Women dressed in the style of “The Chocolate Girl” as demonstrators for how to make cocoa.–

Cocoa and chocolate; a short history of their production and use, written by James M. Bugbee and published by Baker’s  in a revised edition in 1917, starts with an introduction to the cacao tree and it’s fruit

–Early depiction of cacao (cocoa) production in Mesoamerica.–

–The cacao plant.–

And follows with the methods of how it is cultivated.

And the processing of these pods into chocolate:

Followed by supporting science persuading the reader that chocolate is “a perfect food” and “the most harmless of our fashionable drinks”.

And I would think most of Library Lagniappe readers would agree that chocolate is pretty perfect.

The book has been digitized and can be viewed online through the Louisiana Digital Library at this link.

And here is a chocolate themed musical lagniappe for you from The Undertones: